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I have to reinstall my network printer after each startup....

z2g 9,931 March 17, 2011 at 02:45 PM
My work laptop runs on Vista. And, I have to reinstall my network printer each morning. I'm hooked up to it wirelessly. The printer is connected (via USB) to another computer at the office.

A few weeks ago, the printer was hooked up to my laptop and the other office computer was connected wirelessly to the same printer. And, it ran just fine. Both are running on Vista.

What am I doing wrong?

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Make and model of printer?

When you say wirelessly, do you mean that the printer itself has a wireless networking option or that the computer it's hooked to is sharing it via Windows print sharing and your computer is wireless?
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The printer is just a basic Samsung ML2510 printer. It's hooked up to another computer. And, my laptop is connected to that computer wirelessly.
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Hmm, so the printer you once had connected to your laptop as a *local* printer, is now a *network* printer on another PC/laptop.

Did you delete the share and uninstall the *local* printer once it was removed from your laptop? Any chance you're using the same share name w/ the network printer?

My gut tells me the laptop is confused by the same printer popping up under different situations.
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Check and see if the Print Spooler service isn't starting up after a reboot. A driver install would restart the spooler which could explain why you can print after reinstalling it. Check in the properties of the Print Spooler to make sure it's set to start automatically and restart on a failure.
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also make sure you are installing the print drivers to the local machine and not just telling it on each "install" to use the drivers from the other computer.
the easiest way for non technical people to ensure this is to physically copy the drivers to your local machine, and add the printer as a local printer then simply delete that printer and leave the drivers in place.
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Actually, it's not that I have to install the new driver for the printer at each startup. I have to "add" that printer again using the Vista printer wizard program.
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Actually, it's not that I have to install the new driver for the printer at each startup. I have to "add" that printer again using the Vista printer wizard program.
That's pretty much the same thing.

So to review...the printer is hooked up via a usb cable to another computer that is always on.
That computer has a cable to your wireless router?
You connect your computer to the router wirelessly and that completes your "physical" connection to the printer?

Is your wireless settings for your network in vista set to HOME?
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Quote from .DC. View Post :
That's pretty much the same thing.

So to review...the printer is hooked up via a usb cable to another computer that is always on.
That computer has a cable to your wireless router?
You connect your computer to the router wirelessly and that completes your "physical" connection to the printer?

Is your wireless settings for your network in vista set to HOME?
The other computer is also hooked up wirelessly. However, the ethernet cable is available if I want to hook it up via ethernet cable.

A few weeks ago, my computer was the one that was hooked up via ethernet cable and the printer was hooked up to my computer. The other computer (which now is connected to the printer) was all wireless (internet and printer linked). And, with that setup, it was totally fine where I didn't have to add the printer at each startup on either computer.

Yes, I believe it is set to HOME. Does that matter?
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Quote from z2g View Post :
The other computer is also hooked up wirelessly. However, the ethernet cable is available if I want to hook it up via ethernet cable.

A few weeks ago, my computer was the one that was hooked up via ethernet cable and the printer was hooked up to my computer. The other computer (which now is connected to the printer) was all wireless (internet and printer linked). And, with that setup, it was totally fine where I didn't have to add the printer at each startup on either computer.

Yes, I believe it is set to HOME. Does that matter?
It does matter as it blocks or unblocks stuff from using the network connection...like sharing the printer...or getting to a printer share...

So are both set to home?
Do both computers have the same user account and same passwords for those accounts?

Ex:
computer 1 has
Jack and his password is pail
Jill and her password is water

computer 2 has
Jack and his password is pail
Jill and her password is water
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Quote from .DC. View Post :
It does matter as it blocks or unblocks stuff from using the network connection...like sharing the printer...or getting to a printer share...

So are both set to home?
Do both computers have the same user account and same passwords for those accounts?

Ex:
computer 1 has
Jack and his password is pail
Jill and her password is water

computer 2 has
Jack and his password is pail
Jill and her password is water
When I go to work on Tues, I'll check to make sure both are on Home....I'm pretty sure they are though. For sure though, the user account and passwords are different.
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I just realized that the other computer runs on Windows 7. Anyone have any ideas what's going on?

I tried connecting the internet via ethernet cable on the other computer to see if it's an issue with the IP address changing at each startup. But, it didn't help.
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